UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Archives for October 2014

In memoriam: Michael Fleming

Michael Fleming died Oct. 6. A UNCG Board of Trustees member from 1981-87, he served for several years on the UNCG Excellence Foundation board of directors and was a charter member of the UNCG Spartan Club in 1992, as well as a charter inductee of the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame. Fleming chaired the special gifts division of the Prospectus III Campaign, UNCG’s first-ever fundraising drive. Fleming also was instrumental in helping secure state funding for construction and renovation of the School of Health and Human Performance Building. Fleming Gymnasium is named for him.

The memorial service will be Saturday, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m., Christ United Methodist Church, Holden Road, with visitation after the service.  Burial will be private.

Updated Oct. 8 to add memorial service details.


Dr. Benjamin Filene

Photo of Dr. Benjamin FileneDr. Benjamin Filene (History) received a federal grant for an exhibition project he is creating in partnership with the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. The grant was awarded by Museums for America. The exhibition team will begin a one-year planning process for a new museum exhibit about the children’s book “Tobe: A-Six-Year-Old Farmer,” a story published in 1939 that was one of the first children’s books to feature realistic depictions of everyday African Americans, the announcement says. The planning process will enable the team to develop the concept plan and schematic design of the exhibit, illustrating the stories of the individuals pictured in the book, with a focus on race and social change. Filene, who will serve as guest curator, is director of Public History at UNCG. The plan is for the full exhibition to open in 2017, he says. A smaller version of the exhibition will open Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at the North Carolina Collection Gallery at UNC Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library.

Orolando Duffus

Photo of Orolando DuffusOrolando Duffus has been appointed Diversity Resident in the University Libraries at UNCG. Duffus received his MS in Library Science from North Carolina Central University in May 2013. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Augustine’s University in May 2011. He is a native of Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard

Photo of Dr. Melissa Floyd-PickardDr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard (Social Work) received new funding from SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services for the project “JMSW Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training Grant.” The Joint Master of Social Work Program is accredited until 2020 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Jointly offered by UNCG and the North Carolina A&T State University, it has about 100 JMSW students per year. The program is committed to educating future social work clinicians who are committed to social justice and diversity and inclusion. Its recent shift to a multicultural clinical model and the current behavioral health service delivery system in North Carolina necessitates that students be trained to practice interprofessionally.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received funding from Washington State University for the project “Mechanisms underlying drug-diet interactions.” Additionally, he receiving funding from New Chapter, Inc. for the project “ITS Barcoding of Mushroom Samples: 3 competitor & 1 new vendor samples.”

Gillis/Kang/La Paro/Scott-Little

Margaret Gillis and Dr. Jean Kang (Specialized Education Services) with Dr. Karen La Paro and Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs to help meet the need for highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to high-need children aged birth to five with disabilities. Beginning in January 2015, the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children” will recruit, retain and prepare 44 scholars over five years in the Birth-Kindergarten Initial Licensure post-baccalaureate certificate program to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children with and without disabilities to improve child outcomes. Scholars will participate in coursework and extensive field experiences in early intervention and inclusive settings focused on individualizing to meet the needs of all young children, as well as mentoring and induction activities.


Dr. Belinda Hardin (Specialized Education Services) in collaboration with Dr. Linda Hestenes (HDFS) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for “Online Masters Degree Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration.” Although the Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services regularly offer a Master’s of Education program, the new emphasis in early childhood leadership and program administration is a new undertaking for UNCG. The traditional M.Ed. program and emphasis in advanced licensure is supported by existing staff resources and administrative support. The new emphasis in early childhood leadership and program administration, which was initiated through a planned Race to the Top project, led to a dramatic increase in student applications at UNCG, the abstract states. This funding will help accommodate this surge.

See/hear: Oct. 8, 2014

The UNCG cross country program hosted its first-ever cross country meet recently as the Spartans welcomed five teams for the Spartan Invitational at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville. The complex will be home to the 2014 Southern Conference Championships, which UNCG will also host. See Kaylee Donegan’s report of the highlights.